Violet Blue is creating cybersecurity news and a San Francisco memoir
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I'm Violet Blue. Some know me from the journalism world where I've broken big stories about hacking and cybersecurity since 2010. Others know me as the first female podcaster (Open Source Sex, from 2004) or as the San Francisco Chronicle's sex columnist (2006-2010). Or you know me from my sex blog Tiny Nibbles, which began in 2001, or my award-winning indie sex books, my books about digital security and privacy, or my appearance on Oprah to talk about women and porn.

Right now I need your help. I'm bootstrapping a weekly cybersecurity news roundup that's free for all to read, and it's an enormous amount of work. (Work that I love doing.)

I'm also researching and writing a book about growing up in San Francisco and Silicon Valley as the child of a female Stanford engineer who became a high-volume drug dealer (and addict) -- that's my birth mother, who I discovered lied to me about who my real father is. I don't only want to tell my mother's story, or mine, but also the stories of the little kids I was on the streets with, and the place they occupy in San Francisco's rich history. 

I hope this project raises awareness for homeless youth and creates compassion for their experiences. That's my mission. And that I also hope this can bring me closure -- even though I'm fully aware that there will always be a ton of unanswered questions for me. Especially after the private investigators explained to me that my mother's history was ostensibly scrubbed by the feds when she adopted her last known alias. I'm still hopeful though.

You can read about my experience starting this project and contacting the SFPD here.

I'm funding this book through Patreon, rather than a Kickstarter, so my patrons can participate closely in the process with me. 

Posts about this book are private posts for patrons at the $25 level (and up). These patrons are experiencing the process with me as it happens, are reading the first draft as it's being written in serial form, and will get a copy of the book (and more).

This gets me closer to sustainability while I tackle the manuscript, and should help screen out the looky-loos a little bit. It establishes a relationship balanced on cash and access that's meaningful to me. At this level, every two weeks you'll get an update (one that is also sent to your inbox when I publish). You can give me feedback, ask questions, and comment privately.

I hope you'll consider becoming a patron. If you follow my work, you see how hard I fight for at-risk populations to have a voice in their own conversations. My work draws attention to hypocrisy and injustice; it is powerfully grounded in gender and orientation inclusivity and diversity. Like my reporting on PayPal's financial discrimination against sex workers, and getting Tumblr's NSFW search reinstated properly. I regularly report on hacking issues that big outlets don't cover, attempt to cover up, or try to lie about. So you've seen how much I get attacked and censored (Libya, Apple, Focus on the Family, Amazon search, Facebook, and many more).

I've bootstrapped everything. I work at industry rates (which aren't great), I constantly have to chase down people who take months to pay invoices for my writing, and I was homeless as a kid, so I'm out here on the financial edge of things.

It's no secret that I'm having tough times financially, and so is almost every writer I know. The book industry is suffering and everyone who isn't lucky to have mainstream book industry privilege and access -- which gets you favored by algorithms -- is seeing sales on a hellish, slow decline. The journalism industry is incredibly lean (I know you see me hustling for writing gigs all the time -- hire me!). It blows my mind that even with all I've accomplished, I'm still struggling.

Anything -- even from $1/month up -- is hugely helpful.

If you've read this far and don't feel like contributing, that's okay. You already have. And I thank you.

Thank you.
-Violet

Tiers
PATRON
$1 or more per month
As a patron, you have my gratitude and thanks. Plus the pride of knowing you're supporting a female writer in hacking, sex, and security who maintains an independent voice, is a fierce ally of LGBTQ+ people, a fighter for at-risk populations who face discrimination, as well as someone who opposes censorship at every turn.
COFFEE
$3 or more per month
You're buying me a cup of coffee at a non-snooty cafe, the kind we'd actually hang out in. Your pledge will add up to a very meaningful amount over the course of a year.
SEXY MUTANT
$5 or more per month
My sex website is well-established, linked to from everywhere, 15 years old, gets an average of 350K visitors a month, and as you'd imagine, it gets attacked all the time. My server costs are real, and yet the information, news, entertainment, and education on the site has always been, and will always be, free. Same goes for my writing on security. This level of monthly pledge helps a lot.
HERO
$10 or more per month
Your support of $10 or more a month definitely gets you hero status. I have a number of $10 costs each month, and I deeply appreciate you carving out one of yours.
SUPERHERO
$25 or more per month
You were born a hero, and then you were either spanked by a god/goddess, or you had some rad accident in a lab that gave you powers beyond those of mortals. This kind of support heads into sustainability territory. If anyone ever steals your magical cape, call me -- I'll get it back.


You get access to my private posts. 

SUPERVILLIAN
$100 or more per month
While some believe villains may never win, you know for sure that they have more fun -- by helping people like me hatch master plans for upending censorship, calling out infosec hypocrites, skewering goody-goody PR flacks, exposing evil "real names" enforcers, normalizing sexuality, and my general plan for world domination. It's unbelievable that anyone would contribute this generously, and yet, if you do, my gratitude will actually have me speechless.


You get access to my private posts. 

CAT ANGEL
$164 or more per month
If I were to pick one being in the world that was the most important to me, it would be my three-year-old Bengal cat Max. He is my 24/7 support system. Max was found as a baby kitty living rough with his siblings in a feral litter. These days he enjoys cat puzzles, barking at hummingbirds, cuddling in the mornings, and playing fetch. He has many friends. This patron amount covers the cost of his food and kitty litter for one month. Patronage at this level makes you the noblest kind of human, and guarantees your seat on the mothership when they rescue us from this planet.


You also get access to my private posts. 

I'm Violet Blue. Some know me from the journalism world where I've broken big stories about hacking and cybersecurity since 2010. Others know me as the first female podcaster (Open Source Sex, from 2004) or as the San Francisco Chronicle's sex columnist (2006-2010). Or you know me from my sex blog Tiny Nibbles, which began in 2001, or my award-winning indie sex books, my books about digital security and privacy, or my appearance on Oprah to talk about women and porn.

Right now I need your help. I'm bootstrapping a weekly cybersecurity news roundup that's free for all to read, and it's an enormous amount of work. (Work that I love doing.)

I'm also researching and writing a book about growing up in San Francisco and Silicon Valley as the child of a female Stanford engineer who became a high-volume drug dealer (and addict) -- that's my birth mother, who I discovered lied to me about who my real father is. I don't only want to tell my mother's story, or mine, but also the stories of the little kids I was on the streets with, and the place they occupy in San Francisco's rich history. 

I hope this project raises awareness for homeless youth and creates compassion for their experiences. That's my mission. And that I also hope this can bring me closure -- even though I'm fully aware that there will always be a ton of unanswered questions for me. Especially after the private investigators explained to me that my mother's history was ostensibly scrubbed by the feds when she adopted her last known alias. I'm still hopeful though.

You can read about my experience starting this project and contacting the SFPD here.

I'm funding this book through Patreon, rather than a Kickstarter, so my patrons can participate closely in the process with me. 

Posts about this book are private posts for patrons at the $25 level (and up). These patrons are experiencing the process with me as it happens, are reading the first draft as it's being written in serial form, and will get a copy of the book (and more).

This gets me closer to sustainability while I tackle the manuscript, and should help screen out the looky-loos a little bit. It establishes a relationship balanced on cash and access that's meaningful to me. At this level, every two weeks you'll get an update (one that is also sent to your inbox when I publish). You can give me feedback, ask questions, and comment privately.

I hope you'll consider becoming a patron. If you follow my work, you see how hard I fight for at-risk populations to have a voice in their own conversations. My work draws attention to hypocrisy and injustice; it is powerfully grounded in gender and orientation inclusivity and diversity. Like my reporting on PayPal's financial discrimination against sex workers, and getting Tumblr's NSFW search reinstated properly. I regularly report on hacking issues that big outlets don't cover, attempt to cover up, or try to lie about. So you've seen how much I get attacked and censored (Libya, Apple, Focus on the Family, Amazon search, Facebook, and many more).

I've bootstrapped everything. I work at industry rates (which aren't great), I constantly have to chase down people who take months to pay invoices for my writing, and I was homeless as a kid, so I'm out here on the financial edge of things.

It's no secret that I'm having tough times financially, and so is almost every writer I know. The book industry is suffering and everyone who isn't lucky to have mainstream book industry privilege and access -- which gets you favored by algorithms -- is seeing sales on a hellish, slow decline. The journalism industry is incredibly lean (I know you see me hustling for writing gigs all the time -- hire me!). It blows my mind that even with all I've accomplished, I'm still struggling.

Anything -- even from $1/month up -- is hugely helpful.

If you've read this far and don't feel like contributing, that's okay. You already have. And I thank you.

Thank you.
-Violet

Recent posts by Violet Blue

Tiers
PATRON
$1 or more per month
As a patron, you have my gratitude and thanks. Plus the pride of knowing you're supporting a female writer in hacking, sex, and security who maintains an independent voice, is a fierce ally of LGBTQ+ people, a fighter for at-risk populations who face discrimination, as well as someone who opposes censorship at every turn.
COFFEE
$3 or more per month
You're buying me a cup of coffee at a non-snooty cafe, the kind we'd actually hang out in. Your pledge will add up to a very meaningful amount over the course of a year.
SEXY MUTANT
$5 or more per month
My sex website is well-established, linked to from everywhere, 15 years old, gets an average of 350K visitors a month, and as you'd imagine, it gets attacked all the time. My server costs are real, and yet the information, news, entertainment, and education on the site has always been, and will always be, free. Same goes for my writing on security. This level of monthly pledge helps a lot.
HERO
$10 or more per month
Your support of $10 or more a month definitely gets you hero status. I have a number of $10 costs each month, and I deeply appreciate you carving out one of yours.
SUPERHERO
$25 or more per month
You were born a hero, and then you were either spanked by a god/goddess, or you had some rad accident in a lab that gave you powers beyond those of mortals. This kind of support heads into sustainability territory. If anyone ever steals your magical cape, call me -- I'll get it back.


You get access to my private posts. 

SUPERVILLIAN
$100 or more per month
While some believe villains may never win, you know for sure that they have more fun -- by helping people like me hatch master plans for upending censorship, calling out infosec hypocrites, skewering goody-goody PR flacks, exposing evil "real names" enforcers, normalizing sexuality, and my general plan for world domination. It's unbelievable that anyone would contribute this generously, and yet, if you do, my gratitude will actually have me speechless.


You get access to my private posts. 

CAT ANGEL
$164 or more per month
If I were to pick one being in the world that was the most important to me, it would be my three-year-old Bengal cat Max. He is my 24/7 support system. Max was found as a baby kitty living rough with his siblings in a feral litter. These days he enjoys cat puzzles, barking at hummingbirds, cuddling in the mornings, and playing fetch. He has many friends. This patron amount covers the cost of his food and kitty litter for one month. Patronage at this level makes you the noblest kind of human, and guarantees your seat on the mothership when they rescue us from this planet.


You also get access to my private posts.